1956 Elvis Makes His Debut On The Dorsey Brothers Stage S
1956 Elvis Presley is shown from the waist up on The Ed Sullivan Show After Sullivan initially refused to have Elvis on his show, he compromised with this famous use of censorship to combat Elvis's leg gyrations; perhaps more than anything else, Elvis's appearance catapulted him to superstardom, as some 60 million people -- a record 82.6% of the television-watching audience -- tuned in.
1958 Elvis Presley is inducted into the Army (March 24, 1958): After two years in the limelight teasing audiences with whether he was a good boy or a bad boy, the good boy won out -- and when the Army shaved off Elvis's hair, his danger went along with it.
1964 The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show A third of the nation tunes in to four young British musicians as rock and roll becomes a truly international phenomenon; meanwhile, folkies everywhere trade in their acoustic guitars for electrics and follow the Beatles into a rock and roll future that none of them could have ever imagined
1967 Jim Morrison sings the original lyrics to "Light My Fire" on The Ed Sullivan Show after saying he would Not Sullivan got furious and told the band they would never play his show; Morrison reportedly replied that he didn't care because they just did.
1968 Elvis '68 Comeback Special Kicking into a ferocious version of the song "Guitar Man," Elvis Presley makes rock and roll's first and greatest comeback, regaining his crown as the King of Rock and Roll one decade after the Army forced him to give it up.
1969 Black Sabbath release their first album Though rock critics pinpoint the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' from 1964 as the first proto-heavy metal single, this is the moment the form was defined in all its loud, lumpen, pounding glory. Four hairy lads from Brum sing improbable songs about Satan, death and apocalypse over mind-numbingly repetitive riffs. A genre is born.
Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center (HIC) in Honolulu and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe (who received the telecast the next day, also in primetime Viewing figures have are estimated to be between 1 and 1.5 billion viewers worldwide. The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million According to Elvis Presley Enterprises, between 1 and 1.5 billion people watched the one-hour broadcast live
1977 Elvis Costello stops his band from playing "Less Than Zero" on Saturday Night For This he is band from the Show
1977 Elvis Dies
1980 The murder of John Lennon The world mourns in shock and horror as one of the most brilliant and influential voices in rock and roll is silenced...by one of his fans.
1981 MTV launches with the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" Within a few years, the Buggles' words would become virtual fact as wild music videos and quick editing changed the face of entertainment (perhaps the second video aired was a warning to the radio star: Pat Benatar's "You Better Run").
1983 Michael Jackson debuts "Billie Jean" (and the moonwalk) on the Motown 25 Special That little kid who fronted the Jackson 5 moonwalks into superstardom, on his way to becoming the most popular performer in the world
1983 Kiss Take off there Makeup and show there faces to the public for the first time
1985 Live Aid A great moment for charity, a dreadful moment for pop. Two all-star concerts organised by Saint Bob Geldof and beamed live into millions of homes worldwide, the event raised £50 million for charity. One of the greatest philanthropic events of all time, but the moment when pop became enshrined as pure showbiz entertainment
1988 Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon spends its 741st consecutive week on the Billboard Top 200 chart (1988): Although it was only in the top position for one of those weeks, the classic album, originally released in 1973, spent almost a decade and a half on the charts, seeing four presidential administrations and selling an estimated 45 million copies to date
1989 Jethro Tull wins the first Grammy for Best Hard/Rock Heavy Metal Performance Just when the Grammys think they have it, they fuck it up, giving the award to Tull for the flute-centered Crest of a Knave over insider favorite Metallica's ...And Justice for All; perhaps an even better moment was when Metallica finally won the award in 1992 and drummer Lars Ulrich thanked Jethro Tull for not putting out an album that year